I was cleaning my apartment last night and came across a piece of paper, dated more than a decade ago and clearly torn out of an old journal. This is what it said…
1. Losing weight is a journey NOT a destination and I will enjoy the process.
2. Diets DON’T work!!
3. I am going to achieve my normal body weight of 135, and I will attain this weight by Oct. 5, 2002.
4. I will become full twice as fast on half the food.
5. Breakfast is the most important part of the day.
6. I love doing my favorite exercise, which is aerobics.
7. Each day I will drink 8-10 glasses of water with lemons or limes.
8. I am a fat burning machine!!
9. I will expose myself to as much bright light as possible.
10. I enjoy learning about weight loss and my body, the more I learn the more weight I lose.
11. I am doing great and I will succeed!
12. I eat 4-6 small meals throughout the day, as close to every 4 hours as possible.
13. I always leave 2 or more bites of food on my plate. I never clean my plate.
14. The most disgusting, filthy feeling to me is one of being stuffed, one of feeling gorged.
15. I am always on the go. I can’t sit still or stand still. The more energy I have, the faster my metabolism goes.
16. I am in control of my body and my mind.
17. I control what I eat, it does not control me.
18. I eat only healthy, nutritious foods, high in protein, low in carbohydrates.
19. When I eat, I focus on portion size, not the amount of calories.
20. Once a week, I reward myself by eating whatever I want.
Ironically, I’d been toying with the idea of blogging about how silly fad diets are simply because everyone’s body is completely different and should be treated as such. This list was written by 18 year-old me and, though there are some valid personal mantras included, should’ve been a red flag for eating disorders ahead.
Having grown up in a juicing, health and fitness centric family, having been both a spectator and participant in the dangerous game of eating disorders, having tried nearly every diet under the sun, including The Hollywood Diet (remember that toxic orange juice?!), I’ve finally got the skinny on dieting.
1. 80 exercise/20 nutrition. All the legumes in the world won’t get you Kim Kardashian’s buns* from the couch.
2. It’s not about a number, it’s about how you feel. Chasing numbers will get you nowhere. Fat and muscle and bloat and a big breakfast will keep you constantly guessing, but there’s no question when you pull on your favorite jeans and everything fits just right.
3. We’re not all supposed to look the same. No matter how fit you are, you can’t change your God-given body type.**
That’s it. Move until you’re happy with yourself. The other minutia (drinking lots of water, finding workout buddies, smaller meals, carbs versus proteins), will help the process along and be different for each person, but the basics are simple. At least for me. Then again, I’m a publicist, so what do I know?
*To manage expectations, exercise won’t get you Kim’s buns either. That’s certainly not how she got them!
**Seriously, she was born that way.